February 9th, 2012
At the end of six grueling laps in Thursday’s 30 k freestyle mass start at the Scandinavian Cup in Madona, Latvia, Graham Nishikawa (Alberta World Cup Academy) sprinted with the four top men to the line, placing fifth 0.45 seconds out of first.
Sweden’s Fredrik Karlsson nabbed the victory by 0.2 seconds over teammate Lars Nelson. Norwegians Kristian Tettli Rennemo and Anders Tettli Rennemo were third and fourth, respectively.
After Nishikawa, Mike Sinnott (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) was 15th (+1:12.14) and Michael Somppi (NDC Thunder Bay) was 20th (+2:26.67).
Other North American men’s finishes include: 22. Brian McKeever (Foothills), 34. Peter Kling (APU), 44. Ramsey Welly (MWSC), 46. Max Christman (Bend)
In the women’s 15 k freestyle mass start, which also included 198-meters (650 feet) of climbing per 5 k loop, Becca Rorabaugh (APU) was the top North American in 17th. She was 3:37.66 behind Norwegian winner Martine Ek Hagen, who won by more than a minute. Norway swept the top five.
Alana Thomas (Nakkertok) finished 20th (+3:50.14), and Zoe Roy (Rocky Mountain Racers) was 25th (+4:54.20). In Emily Hannah’s first 15 k, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier was 26th (+4:55.20).